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April 30th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

Mike Rowe: Is learning a trade better than college?

Washington, D.C. (CNN) – For years, as the host of "Dirty Jobs," Mike Rowe brought viewers the stories of Americans who build our roads, patch our roofs, and empty our septic tanks.

Now Rowe, the new host of CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It," is making a pit stop in Washington, D.C., to see if lawmakers on Capitol Hill are interested in rolling up their sleeves to help revive the work force.

"Closing the skills gap is about keeping America working. Really it's about keeping America, America," Rowe testified Monday, at an oversight hearing titled “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers."

"My message in a nutshell is we need a PR campaign ... that champions all kinds of jobs that people don't seem to want," says Rowe.

"If we want to close the skills gap, we have to work on the way we portray work, and we have to talk seriously about the fact that not all knowledge comes from college," said Rowe.

For more of our interview, check out the video above.

Mike Rowe's new series "Somebody's Gotta Do It" launches this fall on CNN.

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